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10:30 PM ET, June 29, 2009


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Associated Press:
Justices Rule for White Firefighters in Bias Case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Scalia breaks ranks, slams Bush Fed on bank regulation  —  WASHINGTON — In a rebuke of the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal bank regulator erred in quashing efforts by New York state to combat the kind of predatory mortgage lending that triggered the nation's financial crisis.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
What Ricci says about the Supreme Court's views of Judge Sotomayor  —  Justice Kennedy's opinion in Ricci will inevitably be put under the microscope for what it tells us about the Justices' views of how the Second Circuit panel that included Judge Sotomayor handled the case.
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Leftist Reaction to Ricci v. DeStefano
The New Republic:   What Ricci Says About The Court's View Of Sotomayor
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Honduras defends its democracy  —  Thank you to all the visitors, commenters, and bloggers linking to my coverage of yesterday's events in Honduras.  —  More background information on the events prior to Zelaya's removal from office:  —  Here is more information on Mel Zelaya's move:
Obama says coup in Honduras is illegal  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a “terrible precedent” of transition by military force unless it was reversed.
Discussion: Hot Air, lgf 2.0 and Raw Story
John Nichols / The Nation:
The Heat Is On  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered …
Wall Street Journal:
Honduras Defends Its Democracy
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Chavez accuses U.S. of coup role as ties restored
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on the CNN Ticker: Bauer suggests compromise on Sanford  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Monday he would be open to a scenario in which he would assume the governorship but not run for the state's top office in 2010 if Governor Mark Sanford decides to resign in the coming weeks.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on the CNN Ticker: Calls mount for Sanford to step down
Discussion: GOP 12
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Sanford: Staying is part of God's plan
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
SC GOPers don't make much of Bauer trial balloon
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Madoff Sentenced to 150 Years in Prison for Ponzi Scheme  —  A federal judge sentenced Bernard L. Madoff to 150 years in prison on Monday for operating a huge Ponzi scheme that devastated thousands of people, calling his crimes “extraordinarily evil.”  —  In pronouncing the sentence …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Betraying the Planet  —  So the House passed the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill.  In political terms, it was a remarkable achievement.  —  But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill …
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Sen. Inhofe Calls for Inquiry Into ‘Suppressed’ Climate Change Report
Discussion: The New Republic and Planet Gore
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Waxman: GOP “Rooting Against Country” Because Of Energy Bill Vote
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Energy Czar hasn't read cap & tax, either  —  Barack Obama's energy czar appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the cap-and-tax bill passed by the House last week on a razor-thin margin.  Carol Browner got stumped by Fox's Steve Doocy while questioning her ability to speak to the subject …
Amy Sullivan / Time:
Obama Picks Camp David Church — Not a D.C. Congregation  —  For the past five months, White House aides and friends of the Obamas have been quietly visiting local churches and vetting the sermons of prospective first ministers in a search for a new — and uncontroversial — church home.
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
It's Now Legal to Catch a Raindrop in Colorado  —  DURANGO, Colo. — For the first time since territorial days, rain will be free for the catching here, as more and more thirsty states part ways with one of the most entrenched codes of the West.  —  Precipitation, every last drop or flake …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Gawker
The Sun:
8st 1oz, no food just pills in his stomach, bald, bruised, his ribs broken by CPR, 4 needle wounds near his heart...  THE horrifying state of pop superstar Michael Jackson in his final days can be revealed by The Sun today.  —  Harrowing leaked autopsy details show the singer was a virtual skeleton …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: A New Republican Leader?  —  Dispirited Republicans looking for national leaders amid a wash of scandals that have dominated national news over the last fortnight got a bit of good news on Sunday with an inspired performance on “Meet the Press” by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R).
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘It takes small people to stoop this low’  —  Says Professor William Jacobson regarding Wonkette's despicable treatment of Sarah Palin's year-old son, Trig.  And I would amend the professor's sentiments only to improve them by saying, “It takes gay men to stoop this low.”  —  Yeah, I just wrote that.
Discussion: Moonbattery
Emily Cadei / Top Stories from CQ:
Ron Paul's ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill Gathers Steam  —  He may have faded from the national political scene a year ago, after his dark-horse presidential run came to naught, but Rep. Ron Paul 's influence is still being felt in campaigns and policy debates across the country.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Paper Avalanche Buries Plan to Stem Foreclosures  —  LOS ANGELES — Somewhere on earth, there must be a more difficult task than this: persuading American mortgage companies to lower payments for homeowners who can no longer afford their loans.  But as Karina Montenegro struggles to accomplish …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bottom Line on Public Option  —  This won't come as the slightest surprise to those versed in health care policy issues.  But I fear it's only barely permeated the health care reform debate in the country, certainly in Washington.  And that's this: the opposition to a so-called 'public …
WWJ Newsradio 950:
Monica Conyers Resigns  —  Detroit (WWJ) — Effective July 6, Monica Conyers will resign her seat on the Detroit City Council.  The 44-year-old Conyers, the wife of Democratic congressman John Conyers, admitted Friday in federal court to taking cash from a Houston company in exchange …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coleman: the GOP's million-dollar man  —  Republicans know they'll need every last dollar in next year's campaign if they want to keep Democrats from topping 60 seats in the Senate.  —  So with potentially better Senate investments on the horizon, is it worth continuing to pour money …
A what-man?  —  When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, is started a revolution in portable music.  But how does it compare with its digital successors?  The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.  —  My dad had told me it was the iPod of its day.
Discussion: Liberal Values and TechCrunch
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Busby Blames Local Resident's Political Agenda, Sheriff's Department …
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Hyung-Jin Kim / Associated Press:
NKorea criticizes US missile defense for Hawaii
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Albert R. Hunt / New York Times:
Iran's Politics Is All About Survival
John Ruberry / Marathon Pundit:
Cap-and-trade Tea Party at Rep. Mark Kirk's office
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The New Republic:
Churchill, Torture, and Britain's Finest Hour
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
REBUKING ALITO.  —  Responding to Justice Alito's allegation …
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama is choosing to be weak